Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins: 5 Songs I Wish I Wrote

Drummer/songwriter on the weirdness of Jane's Addiction, the genius of Jeff Buckley and more

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Queen, "We Will Rock You"

I've heard Brian May makes, like, 5 million a year off that song. There's your retirement plan: "We Will Rock You." "I don't need to do anything this year because I'm going to make 5 million dollars a year off 'We Will Rock You.'" "Fuck you." "Really? Go fuck yourself. I'm not going anywhere. I've got 5 million dollars for 'We Will Rock You.'"

I think it's one of those things you had to believe in it to get it started. Can you imagine coming into the studio with your friends like, "OK, here's what we're going to do. We're going to clap our hands, stomp our feet and be like, 'boom boom cha' and chant 'we will rock you' over and over. Then I wrote these lyrics like, 'Boy make a big man some day.'" I guess he's talking about life, the trajectory of life, I suppose. It doesn't matter because it says 'we will rock you' over and over again. Every fucking football game, baseball game, basketball game they play that motherfucker."

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